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GENEALOGICAL NOTES 



OF THE 



SUTTON FAMILY 



OF NEW JERSEY 



BY 

EDWARD F. H. SUTTON 



[printed for private circulation] 





NEW YORK 




T. A. Wright, Printer and Publisher 




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" This first'e stock was full of righteousnesse 
True of his word, sober, pitous and free 
Clean of his ghost, and loved businesse 
Against the vice of sloth, in honest ee" 



-Chaucer. 



" Honour * * * * old virtues, conformable unto 
times before you, which are the noblest armoury.'' 

— Sir Thomas Browne. 



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THE FAMILY. 



In the New Jersey of a hundred years ago, 
one family of Suttons was so numerous, that, in 
the writer's opinion, to bear the name and to 
derive ancestry from the State is almost proof of 
membership in it. They were, for the most part, 
farmers and artisans, attached to the Baptist or 
Presbyterian creeds, and located chiefly in the 
northern half of the State — the East Jersey of 
colonial times. The townships of Piscataway 
in Middlesex, Tewkesbury in Hunterdon, and 
especially Bernard in Somerset, with the village 
of Basking Ridge, may be mentioned as particular 
family centers. The name is comparatively rare 
in New Jersey to-day, as the later generations have 
scattered in all directions. Canada has its repre- 
sentatives, and there is probably not a State in 
the Union but has been planted with shoots from 
this old New England stock. 



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THE SUTTON FAMILY. 6 

WILLIAM SUTTON. 

The first of the family of whom we have record 
was William Sutton, who appears in Massa- 
chusetts in 1666, at Eastham on Cape Cod. As 
the stream of Puritan immigration had almost 
dried up twenty years before this date,* it is 
extremely probable that he represents the second 
generation in New England. Their proximity 
suggests a relationship to one or the other of two 
families of Suttons, respectively, of Hinghamf *~ #a aI»^.c»## 






and Scituate, X small towns of j |old_ Plym outh 
Colony directly across the bay from Eastham. 

Careful investigation, however, has failed as 
yet to establish a connection with either, or to 
suggest any other line of research. Our history 
opens, therefore, at Eastham, on the eleventh of 
July, 1666, with the marriage of William Sutton, 
yeoman (aged probably twenty -five years), of 

* See Bancroft's " History of the United States," vol. i., page 468. 

t John Sutton, who settled in Hingham, came from Attleborough, in 
Norfolkshire, arriving in the ship Diligent in 1638, with his wife Julien, 
a son John, and three other children. He also lived irLRehoboth. He died 






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pTirowtly, nhiiinrtuijji ; his wife in iHte^Trom " Vital Records of Rehoboth"" 
the present writer infers that among his children were three, named Esther, 
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X George Sutton, of Scituate, arrived in i&/W He had a brother Simon, 
of Scituate, of whom nothing further is known. George married Sarah 
Tilden, and had children (according to Savage), John, Lydia, Sarah, and 
Elizabeth. 



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either English birth or descent, to Damaris, 
daughter of Alice and Richard Bishop.* East- 
ham, originally called Nausett, after the name of 
a local Indian tribe, was at this date a settlement 
of some twenty years' standing, and numbered 
some four or five dozen souls — a tiny outpost of 
English life and civilization, planted upon the 
"narrow neck of land" between the bleak bay 
and the bleaker Atlantic. It was in this very year 
of 1666 that tidings began to spread through New 
England of the founding of another colony down 
in the southwest, between the great North f and 
South Rivers, where settlers were welcome, the 
Indians friendly, the soil and climate excel- 
lent, and civil and religious liberty guaranteed. 
Many people from all parts of the land of the 
Puritans migrated to this new country of "the 
Jerseys;" and about the year 1672 William 
Sutton also removed, and became a landholder 
under Berkeley and Carteret. As Cape Cod was 
one of the few districts in New England where 
Quakerism gained a footing, and as William 



* Richard Bishop is noted as a soldier of the colony, in the " Genealogical 
Register of New England," vol. iv., page 255, second column. When William 
Sutton removed to New Jersey, Bishop sold his property at Duxbury. Mass., 
and came to live with him. 

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Sutton in his New Jersey home was an influential 
Quaker, it is very probable that matters of re- 
ligious belief had much to do with his departure 
from Eastham. In the year 1666 a "plantation" 
of some forty thousand acres was laid out upon 
the banks of the Raritan, within the bounds of 
the present Middlesex County, and not far from 
the spot where a few years later New Brunswick 
was founded. Its possession was confirmed not 
only by the white man' s title, but by deed from 
Canackawack and Thingorawis, chiefs of the 
Naraticong Indians, who were a branch of the 
Lenni Lenape. As the settlers were mostly from 
those parts of New Hampshire and Maine which 
border the Piscataqua River, they called it Pisca- 
taqua or Piscataway, in memory of their old 
home. Here William Sutton pitched his tent, 
and prospered ; for, thanks to fair dealings with 
the Indians, the wolves and the forest were the 
only enemies. In 1682, when the town and 
township numbered some four hundred souls, he 
was owner of two hundred and forty-nine acres of 
land, burdened only by the nominal quit-rent of 
one-half penny per acre annually. Small items 
of his life, grave or humorous, we glean from the 
records of more than two centuries ago. A 
Quaker, he was a pillar of the congregation that 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 9 

met in the neighboring town of Woodbridge. We 
see him a person of some honor in the little com- 
munity : chosen freeholder at one time, constable 
at another, town-clerk at another, and we find 
that, with advancing years, his services were de- 
sired upon boards of church discipline and inquiry. 
It is recorded that he contributed "a year old 
steer" toward the proposed erection of the 
Friends' Meeting House at Woodbridge — a dona- 
tion that seems to have been a thorn in the flesh 
of the finance committee. For two years they 
were unable to convert the animal into cash, and 
were obliged to board it during three winters at 
exorbitant rates, varying from six to eight and 
one-half shillings per winter. The growth of 
sons to man's estate and matrimony, is marked 
in the records by such entries as this : 

" William Sutton hath, in consideration of fatherly love and 
affection, given and granted to Daniel Sutton, his son, 75 acres 
of land." 

Finally, in 1713, William is spoken of as an 
aged man, and we hear of him no more. Doubt- 
less another year or two brought the end of his 
homely and laborious life, and rest in the little 
Quaker Churchyard at Woodbridge. 

Damaris Bishop, first wife of William Sutton, 
died in Piscataway, February 6, 1682-3. He mar- 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 10 

ried, in that town, Jane Barnes, January 9, 1684-5. 

CHILDREN : 

i Alice 2 , b. in Eastham, Mass., May 13, 1668. 

2 Thomas 2 , b. in Eastham, Mass., Nov. 11, 1669. 

3 Mary 2 , b. in Eastham, Mass., Oct. 4, 167 1 ; m., 

Dec. 23, 1689, Daniel McDaniel. 

4 John 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., April 20, 1674. 

5 Judah 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., Jan. 24, 1674-5. 

6 Richard 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., July 18, 1676. 

7 Joseph 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., June 27, 1678 ; 

d. Dec. 19, 1682. 

8 Benjamin 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., Feb. 24, 

1679-80; d. Dec. 22, 1682. 

9 Daniel 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., Feb. 25, 1681-2. 
io Joseph 2 , b. in Piscataway, N. J., Sept. n, 1693. 

THOMAS 2 (William 1 ) 

Lived at Piscataway. Married, April, 1693, 
Mary Adams of Woodbridge. 

CHILDREN I 

i Joseph 3 , b. about 1694. 

2 Rachel 3 , b. March 27, 1695. 

3 Benjamin 3 , b. Jan. 19, 1696-7. 

O 1 3 

' j-b. March 16, 1698-9 (twins). 

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6 Nathaniel 3 , b. May 23, 1701. 

7 Thomas 3 , b. about 1705. 



JOHN 2 (William 1 ) 

Married, about 1695, Elizabeth . Re- 
moving from Piscataway, he settled at Passaic 
Valley, in Morris County, N. J., four to five miles 
from Basking Ridge, in Somerset County. He 
bought land at Harrison's Neck, N. J., November 
11, 1741, and sold Piscataway lands, December 31, 
1741. His will (dated December 17, 1746) was 
probated December 20, 1750; so he must have 
died that year, aged seventy-six. The will men- 
tions all his children excepting Sarah. His wife 
Elizabeth died (according to her gravestone in the 
Baptist Churchyard at Stelton, Piscataway), May 
10, 1731, aged fifty-two years. 

CHILDREN : 

i Moses 3 , b. Feb. 2, 1696-7. 

2 Aaron 3 , b. July 2, 1699 ; married, and died be- 

fore 1746. 

3 John 3 , b. Sept. 19, 1701. 

4 David', b. July 31, 1703. 

5 Sarah 3 , b. July 21, 1706. 

6 James 3 , b. May 9, 1709. 

7 Jesse 3 , b. July 6, 17 11. 






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8 Mary 8 , b. Aug. 15, 17 17. 

9 Ephraim 3 , b. Dec. 7, 17 19. 

JUDAH 8 (William 1 ) 

Lived at Piscataway. Married, May 6, 1698, 
Emma Canter. (This name may be Carter or 
Cauter. ) 

CHILDREN : 

i Emma 3 , b. March 9, 1698-9; m. Hugh Dunn, Jr., 
June 19, 1720. 

2 Damaris 3 , b. Dec. 18, 1700. 

3 Patience 3 , b. Jan. 27, 1702-3. 

4 William 3 , b. Jan. 4, 1706-7. 

5 Mary 3 , b. July 3, 1709. 

6 Sarah 3 , b. Feb. 28, 17 11. 

7 Elizabeth 3 , b. Oct. 3, 17 13. 

8 Anne 3 , b. June 25, 1714. 

9 Joseph 3 , b. Dec. 6, 1716. 

10 Rachel 3 , b. May 28, 1719. 

11 Benjamin^, b. April 13, 1722. 

RICHARD 2 (William 1 ) 

Lived in Piscataway. Married Sarah, daughter 
of Vincent Rognon (the Huguenot founder of the 
Runyon family), and Anne Boutcher, an English 
woman, his wife, January 25, 1702. Richard 
died in 1732, and his widow in 1736 married 
James Campbell. 



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CHILDREN I 

Sarah 3 , b. Dec. 31, 1703 ; m. Joseph Manning. 
Anna 3 , b. May 20, 1706; m. Hendrick Sleight. 
Nathan 3 , b. Aug. 16, 1708 ; d. 1733, unmarried. 
Richard 3 , b. Feb. 14, 1711-2. 
Peter 3 , b. May 2, 1713. (Probably the man 

dying in 1740 at Piscataway. Wife Sarah 

administratrix. ) 
Catherine 3 , b. Jan. 24, 1715-6. 
Joshua 3 , b. Nov. 18, 17 18. 
Jonas 3 , b. April 18, 1721. 
Amos 3 , b. July 16, 1723. 
Joseph 3 , b. Aug. 15, 1726. 



DANIEL 2 (William 1 ) 



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31, 1704, Patience, 



daughter of John and Dorothy Martin, of Pis- 
cataway. (John ' Martin* was one of the four 
Piscataway grantees. He came from Dover, in 
the valley of the Piscataqua, in what is now New 
Hampshire. He was a landholder there in 1648, 
served on the grand jury in 1654, and was free- 
man in 1666. His £m# wife' s name was Esther 
Roberts.) Married, II., August 25, 1724, Lydia 
Collier, of Woodbridge. In 1719 he was member 



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* John Martin, Charles Gilman, Hugh Dunn, and Hopewell Hull 
applied for, and received, December 18, 1666, the Piscataway land grant. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 14 

of the board of freeholders. As late as 1729 he 
is noted as living at Piscataway ; but in 1736, 
when he serves as an executor of his brother 
Richard's estate, he is said to be a resident of 
Somerset County. He is probably the man who 
was dismissed from the Piscataway Baptist 
Church in 1752, and admitted the same year to 
the Morristown Baptist Church, where his death 
is recorded in 1761. His age was seventy-nine 
years. When we consider the place of residence 
of his sons, and the fact that he attended church 
at Morristown, it seems beyond doubt that his 
Somerset County property was located in Bernard 
Township, near Basking Ridge, where, as we 
learn from the Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery, 
some one of the Suttons had located prior to 
February, 1729-30. As late as 1735 this part of 
the county was almost unbroken wilderness. 

CHILDREN : 

i Anne 3 , b. Sept. 16, 1705. 

2 Zebulon 3 , b. Sept. 1, 1707. 

3 Zacharias 3 , b. Oct. 5, 1709. 

4 John 3 , b. Aug. 10, 1713. 

5 Dorothy 3 , b. May 1, 17 17. 

6 Patience 3 , b. May 23, 1719; m., about 1752, 

Jonathan 4 Doty, son of Jonathan 3 Doty. 

7 Esther 3 , b. Aug. 2, 172 1. 



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THE SUTTON FAMILY. 15 

Daniel 3 , b. May 8, 1725. (By second wife 
Lydia Collier.) 



JOSEPH 3 (Thomas 2 , William a ) 

Of Piscataway. Married, December 25, 1718, 
Priscilla Langstafl 5 . One tablet stands to the 
memory of both in St. James' Churchyard, Pis- 
cataway, stating that he died March 17, 1762, 
aged sixty-nine,*and she died the same year, aged 
sixty-three. 

CHILDREN : 

i Martha 4 , b. Sept. 3, 17 19. 

2 Sarah 4 , b. Dec. 1, 172 1 ; d. in infancy. 

3 Sarah 4 , b. Feb. 9, 1723. 

4 Henry 4 , b. April 6, 1724; d. Oct. 8, 1806, aged 

eighty- two. (A soldier of the Revolution.*) 

5 Joseph 4 , b. Feb. 15, 1728. 

6 Jacob 4 , b. July 3, 1730. 

7 Priscilla 4 , b. April 14, 1735. 

SAMUEL 3 (Thomas 2 , William 1 ) 

Of Piscataway. Married, about 1725, Martha 



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CHILDREN (LIST PROBABLY INCOMPLETE) : 

i Sarah 4 , b. March 12, 1726. 

2 Amaziah 4 , b. Jan. 4, 1728-9. 

3 Hannah 4 , b. Dec. 4, 1730. 

THOMAS 3 (Thomas 2 , William 1 ) 

Of Piscataway. Married, January 6, 1734-5, 
Mary Lewis. 

CHILDREN (LIST INCOMPLETE) : 

i Nehemiah 4 , b. Sept. 28, 1735. 



MOSES 3 (John 2 , William x ) 

Married, about 1717, Yanick — . (The 

name is so written in the record ; it probably 
stands for the Dutch " Jannetje.") He removed 
from Piscataway to Bedminster Township, Som- 
erset County, about 1737, in which year he is 
recorded as living in Lamington and selling land 
at Piscataway. He seems also to have lived at 
Peapack, in Bedminster Township. His eldest 
son, John, was appointed administrator of his 
estate in 1740 ; so he doubtless died in that year, 
aged forty-three. 



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CHILDREN (BORN IN PISCATAWAY) : 

i John 4 , b. June 18, 1718. 

2 Aaron 4 , b. March 17, 1718-9. 

3 Martha 4 , b. Feb. 15, 1722. 

4 Susanna 4 , b. May 14, 1723. 

5 Hugh 4 , b. about 1725. | , 

6 Levi 4 , b. about 1727. 



JOHN 3 (John 2 , William 1 ) 

Resided in Somerset County. Married Mary 
, and probably died in 1761, aged sixty, as 



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in that year his will was probated. The will is 
authority for the names of his children. 

CHILDREN : 

i Elizabeth 4 . 

2 Anna \ 

3 Lois 4 , b. ; m. Thomas, son of Richard 

Smith. 

4 Mary 4 , b. ; m. Elijah, son of Richard 

Smith. (She was not of age in 1758, the 
date of the will.) 

5 Jeremiah 4 . 

6 Abner 4 , b. ; do s ocuD S il at th e «hilx €>f"ftfi» 

7 Philip \ 



* These two Bedminster Township Suttons are assigned to Moses' 
family on grounds of probability. 

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DAVID 3 (John 2 , William ■ ) 

Of Basking Ridge, Bernard Township, Som- 
erset County. Died between December 1 and 
December 19, 1775, the respective dates of the 
drawing and probating of his will. He was then 
aged seventy-two years. The will mentions his 
wife (without giving her name) and names his 
children. 

CHILDREN (NOT KNOWN TO BE IN ORDER OF BIRTH) : 

**i Isaac 4 , b. . (Noted as the eldest; m. 

Rachel Doty.) 
* 2 David 4 . 
• 3 John 4 , b. 1733; m. Ruth Stout; d. about 1813, 

aged eighty. 
4 Abraham 4 . 
^5 James 4 . 

6 Moses \ 

7 Sarah \ 

8 Elizabeth 4 , b. . (Her three youngest 

daughters were named Marah, Joanna, 
and Abigail.) 

9 Mary 4 , b. ; d. 1746. (Had a son David.) 

The four brothers — Isaac 4 , David 4 , John 4 , and 
James 4 — were all Baptist clergymen and mission- 
aries to Tennessee. Isaac 4 is the ancestor of the 
Suttons of Fayette County, Pa. James 4 settled 
in Kentucky. John 4 also settled in Kentucky, at 

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Harrodsburgh, and left a numerous posterity. 
As an early advocate of emancipation, and as a 
successful worker in a large and difficult field, lie 
lias earned for himself an honorable place in the 
history of his adopted State. He was educated at 
Hopewell, N. J., ordained at Scotch Plains in 
1763, and began his work as a missionary to Nova 
Scotia. Previous to his final removal to Kentucky, 
he had charges at Newport, R. I., Salem and Cape 
May, N. J., and Welsh Tract, Del.; and at other 
times he labored in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and 
Tennessee. 

EPHRAIM 3 (John 2 , William 1 ) 

Of Passaic Valley. Lived on " Sutton's Hill." 
He doubtless died in 1790, aged seventy-one, for 
in that year his will was probated. It mentions 
his wife Phoebe and four children. 

CHILDREN : 

i James 4 Governeur. 

2 David \ 

3 Jesse 4 . 

4 William 4 , b. ; m. Lavina, " a Dutch girl." 

(After William's death the family removed 
to Ohio. The date of removal is perhaps 
indicated by the fact that Lavina and her 
children — then living in Bernardsville, 
Somerset County — sold land in 1801.) 



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THE STjTTON FAMILY. 20 

£EBULON 3 (Daniel 2 , William 1 ) 

Of Bernard Township, Somerset County, on 

February 28, 1746-7, leased of James Alexander 

j ■ her of William Alexander, the Lord Stirling 

Revolutionary fame) one hundred and thirty 

5 Ss of land, bordering on the Passaic River and 

Fit to John Doty.* The Dotys are an old New 

rsey family, and have been associated with 

/d have intermarried with the Suttons from the 

rliest times. They are descended of Samuel 

oty (a son of Edward, the Mayflower Pilgrim), 

ho removed from Eastham, on Cape Cod, and 

ttled at Piscataway. So many Dotys went to 

e neighborhood of Basking Ridge, that (to use 

le words of the author of the ' ' Doty Genealogy ' ' ) 

the town was like a Doty settlement." All of 

ebulon Sutton's brothers acquired land, either 

•y lease or purchase, of the Alexander estate, a 

,ract of some 800 acres, which was a portion of 

/the original "Harrison's Purchase," and included 

the town of Basking Ridge. Zachariah Sutton f 



* John Doty leased 300 acres of the Alexander estate in 1739. The 
Alexander property consisting only of some 800 acres, John and Jonathan 
Doty and the four Sutton brothers must have occupied most of it. John 
Doty, 300 acres; Zeb. Sutton, 130 acres; Zach. Sutton, 100 acres; John 
Sutton, 85 acres. Total, 615 acres. 

t One of the three brothers of Zebulon Sutton had a son, Zebulon, who 
served in the Revolution, afterward removed to Knox County, Ohio, and 
died there at a good old age. His pension papers are on file at Washington. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 21 

eased, April 26, 1746, 100 acres. Daniel leased a 
feract, April 7, 1749, and John, on August 13, 1749, 
bought for £96 17 s., Jersey money, 84 87/100 
'acres of land. The town of Basking Ridge dates 
jfrom about 1720, and is situated, as its name 
! implies, upon a sharply rising ground. It lies in 
the finest agricultural region of the State, one of 
low rolling hills, which Stirling found a suitable 
environment for his famous manor, where were 
entertained so many of the notables of the Revo- 
lution. This disappeared a century or more ago ; 
but the region has again, in these modern days, 
become noted for its beautiful country-seats. 
About and in the old town marched and encamped 
the French and Continental armies, and in its 
tavern the traitor Lee was captured by English 
troopers, and removed from further interference 
with the fortunes of the American cause. Zeb- 
ulon Sutton, according to his son Uriah, lived at 
the town of North Branch. He attended the old 
Presbyterian Church at Basking Ridge. He mar- 
ried, about 1731, Mary , probably in Pis- 

cataway. Her surname was probably Doty,* 



sc * Family names, neighborhood, and association, and the intimacy 
-j^hown by intermarriage (Patience^ Sutton and Jonathan* Doty) make it 
r seem probable that Zebulon Sutton's wife's name was Mary Doty. This 
, could not be the case if the date of Jonathan3 Doty's marriage was 1717, as 

the author of the "Doty Genealogy" estimates. There is nothing to show 

that the marriage did not take place earlier. 



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THE SUTTON FAMILY. 22 

anghter (born about 1713) of Jonathan 3 Doty, 
bf Piscataway, and Mary, his wife. Jonathan 3 
3oty* removed to Basking Ridge and leased a 
? arm from the Alexander estate (close to the one 
soon after occupied by Zebulon Sutton) in 1739. 
He was a son of Samuel Doty and Jane Harman, 
and a grandson of Edward Doty (the Mayflower 
Pilgrim) and Faith Clarke. 

CHILDREN : f 

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I i Patience 4 , b. May 31, 1732. 

2 Jonathan 4 , b. March 23, 1735. 

3 Jeremiah 4 , b. Oct. 29, 1738. 

4 Uriah 4 , b. July 21, 1741. 

5 Peter 4 , b. about 1743. 

6 Mary 4 , b. Sept. 19, 1744. 

7 Joseph 4 , b. July 9, 1747. — 

8 Anna 4 , b. Dec. 30, 1750. 



* Jonathan 3 Doty was born 1687-8, and married to Mary about 1712 

(author of " Doty Genealogy " estimates 1717); Samuel 3 Doty was born 1643, 

died 1715, married, November 15, 1678, Jane Harman of Piscataway. Edward* 

l' Doty came on the Mayflower, 1620, died August 23, 1655, married, January 6, 

' 634-5, Faith (born 1619), daughter of Faith and Thurston Clarke. Thurston 

larke came to Plymouth in 1634, having sailed April 30th of that year from 

fpswich in Suffolkshire on the ship Francis. 

f The Bible which contained the original of Zebulon 3 Sutton's family 
record has long been lost. A transcript of the latter was made by his grand- 
son, Shadrachs Sutton (son of Joseph*) some seventy or eighty years ago. 
This is now in possession of Shadrach's niece, Mrs. Nancy C Sutton Axtell, 
of Minneapolis, Minn., and is the present writer's authority. It does not 
contain the name of Peter*. Reasons for adding Peter's name will be 
discussed in connection with his family. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 23 

)NATHAN 4 (Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William 1 ) 
Lived in Bedminster Township, Somerset 
)unty, where he paid, in 1787, taxes on one hun- 
ted and fifty acres of land, amounting to £2, 12 s. , 
i. He married, about 1761, Rachel Colyer, who 
as born March 12, 1740. He was a member of 
re Presbyterian Church at Basking Ridge, and 
fter his removal, about 1789-90, to Sparta, in 
>ussex County, was an elder in the local Presby- 
^rian Church until his death, on February 2, 
818, at the age of eighty-three years. His wife, 
lachel, died at Sparta, April 12, 1810, aged 
eventy years. 

Jonathan 4 was a Revolutionary soldier,* and, 
like his brother Uriah, held a captain's com- 
mission. He was always referred to by his im- 
mediate descendants as ' ' the captain. ' ' The facts 
of his service and losses, the hardships and suf- 
fering of his wife and children during his absence 
in the field, owing to the ravages of the Hessians, 
we have from the statements of his son Jacob 
/lied 1852) and Jacob' s wife, Hannah (died 1862), 
their grandson, the Rev. J. Ford Sutton, D.D. 



* Unfortunately, Jonathan* Sutton's name does not appear in the 

f" Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey" (compiled by 

Adjutant-General Stryker). The author, however, does not claim that the 

" Register " is absolutely complete, since the rolls from which it was compiled 

were often very carelessly kept and quite imperfect. 



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THE SUTTON FAMILY. 24 

(born 1827). From this authority we learn that 
Jonathan 4 , and his brothers Uriah 4 and Joseph 4 , 
were present at the battle of Monmouth, and 
bore their testimony to the great suffering of the 
troops on account of the intense heat. We are 
told how his family would sit up all night to 
make cartridges, with windows darkened for fear 
of spies, and how the Hessians came and pitched 
the sheaves from the stacks of wheat till their 
horses waded u up to the belly" in it, and how, 
turning the mother and children out of the house, 
they plundered it of what they desired, and 
destroyed the remainder. How near Captain 
Jonathan came to losing the powder that was 
in his charge is another incident. He had re- 
moved it from its hiding-place under a stack of 
buckwheat straw only the night before a squad of 
cavalry came in search of it. They tore the stack 
to pieces, and were much exasperated to find only 
the place where it had lain. 

CHILDREN : 

i Zebulon 5 , b. Feb. 1, 1762. 

2 Mary 5 , b. ; never married. 

3 Sarah 5 , b. ; never married. 

4 Hannah 5 , b. ; m. Jos. Miller. (No issue.) 

5 Rebecca 3 , b. ; m. Cornelius Wiesner. 

6 Jacob 5 , b. Oct. 12, 1773. 



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THE SUTTON FAMILY. 



25 



The following account of the losses in the 
Revolution of Henry 4 Sutton (Joseph 3 , Thomas % 
William 1 ) may be of interest. Henry 4 was a 
private of N. J. State Troops, and one of the 
Middlesex County " Committee of Observation:" 



*" Inventory of Sundries taken and destroyed by the 
and their Adherents, the property of Henry Sutton, 
cataway, Middlesex County : 



1776. 

Dec r . 

& in 1777. 



"To 6554 Rails in fence, midling good 
2100 Stakes " " " 

5 Tons of fresh Hay .... 

6 do. of Salt Hay @ home 

3 do. of do. in the Meadows . 

4c Bushels Wheat & 20 do. of Rye in 
Sheaf 

1 Yoke of Oxen, midling large . 

1 Year old Bull 25/. 20 Sheep ,£10. . 

50 lb. Flax in the rough 

9 acres of Wheat in the Ground . 

Timber cut & destroyed to the 
amount of .... 

2770 Rails & 900 Stakes at the place 

that was Capt. LangstafF s . 
1 Barn Burnt on place ,£30. House on 
do. place destroyed by 3 floors 
taken out, the Boards taken off, 
the chimney & walls down, £2$. . 

20 Fruit Trees 



Enemy 
of Pis- 

£S.D. 

49. 0.0 
7.17.6 

12.10.0 
9. 0.0 
3. 0.0 

13.15.0 

15. 0.0 

n. 5.0 

18.9 

13.10.0 

7. 0.0 

23. 0.0 



55. 0.0 
3. 0.0 



,£223.16.3 



"Henry Sutton being sworn saith that the above Inventory 
is just and true. And that he was knowing to Sundry of the 



* From Original MSS., Vol. No. 172. State Library at Trenton, N. J. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 26 

said Articles being taken by the British Troops, and that he 
had Sufficient reason to believe the said Troops took all the 
remainder of the said Articles. And that he had not received 
any satisfaction for any one thing therein contained. 

" Sworn before me Jos. Olden }■ Henry Sutton. 

" Thomas Holtom being Sworn Saith that he was called to 
View the damages done to the building that Henry Sutton pur- 
chas'd of Capt. Henry Langstaff, being done by the British 
Troops, &, having considered of the same, do adjudge the said 
damages to the amount of ^55. 0.0. 

" Sworn before me Jos. Olden }■ Thomas Holtom." 



ZEBULON 5 (Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , Wil- 
liam l ) 

Married, March 2, 1786, Mary, born August 30, 
1768, daughter of Edward and Martha Lewis. 
He died July 1, 1826, at Newfoundland, N. J., 
and was buried there. His wife, Mary, removed 
to Pennsylvania, and died April 7, 1856. He was 
an elder of the Presbyterian Church, and a 
soldier of the Revolution (see Stryker' s ' ' Officers 
and Men of New Jersey," page 776). His de- 
scendants, by the line of his eldest son Nathan, 
live at Gardner, Grundy County, HI. 

CHILDREN : 

i Martha 6 , b. June 22, 1787 ; m. Henry Brasted. 
2 Nathan 6 , b. April 12, 1789; m. Martha Beards- 
ley, and died in Illinois, March 30, 1879. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 27 

3 Lewis 6 , b. July 12, 1791 ; m. Jane Ketcham, 

and died 1867. 

4 Mark 6 , b. Aug. 17, 1802. 



MARK 6 (Zebulon 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , 
William " ) 

Married, December 6, 1826, Lydia Young, 
born August 4, 1803. His descendants live at 
Muncy, Lycoming County, Pa. 

CHILDREN : 

i Zebulon 7 B., b. Oct. 4, 1827 ; d. Dec. 12, 1890. 

2 Mary 7 E., b. Jan. 30, 1830; m., Oct. 5, 1858, 

Samuel Sprout. 

3 Sarah 7 M., b. May 5, 1832 ; m., April 20, 1856, 

Stephen F. Edsell. 

4 Martha 7 L., b. Feb. 22, 1835. 

5 Susan 7 A., b. May 18, 1837; d. July 15, 1837. 

6 Lavinia 7 G., b. Aug. 2, 1839; m., May 7, 1864, 

Allan Welch, and d. Dec. 26, 1890. 

7 James 7 E., b. April 8, 1843; d. March 26, 1853. 



JACOB 5 (Jonathan \ Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William ■ ) 

Lived in Hardy ston Township, Sussex County, 
N. J. Married, March 18, 1797, Hannah Rorick 
— born April 21, 1777. (She was daughter of 
Michael Rorick, born in Bergen County, April 10, 
1749, died at Franklin Furnace, Sussex County, 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 28 

October 28, 1832 ; and Lucretia Hardin, born in 
Massachusetts, February 21, 1752, died at Franklin 
Furnace, September 12, 1834 : they were married 
in 1774. The name Rorick was originally spelled 
Rohrig, and is probably of Palatine German 
origin.) Jacob Sutton died December 27, 1852, 
aged seventy-nine ; his wife died March 27, 1862, 
aged eighty-five. 

CHILDREN : 

i Michael 6 Rorick, b. Nov. 16, 1797. 

2 Rebecca 6 , b. Dec. 7, 1799; m. Samuel Bedell. 

3 Lewis 6 , b, Jan. 6, 1802. 

4 Jacob 6 , b. Nov. 5, 1804. 

5 Jonathan 6 , b. Dec. 24, 1807. 

6 John 6 Rorick, b. Nov. 13, 1810. 

7 Catharine 6 ,* b. Aug. 9, 1813 ; m. Wm. Van 

Blarcom. 

8 William 6 Inglis, b. June 23, 1817. 

MICHAEL 6 RORICK (Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebu- 
Ion 3 , Daniel 2 , William 1 ) 

Lived in Hardyston Township, Sussex County, 
N. J., near Franklin Furnace. Married, March 
29, 1822, Elizabeth Forrester, born January 23, 



* She died April 19, 1891, survived by six children. One of these, Captain 
Lewis Van Blarcom, is a leading lawyer of Sussex County. He married, 
August 17, 1871, Mary, daughter of Dr. Alexander H. Thompson, and has 
children, Katharine and Andrew. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 29 

1799. She was daughter of Peter Forrester (son t 

of an Englishman, John Forrester, and Anna Tfam Bffi S Cn KKtCK 
B ii iidTiijT/a^omci i B i^i^^ and Katharine ttJiLtflil ScrffeU 

Pietersen (daughter of Daniel Pietersen, a man of » ^ ^^ ~ 

Dutch ancestry, and Eva Hardt*). Michael R. 
Sutton died January 6, 1881, aged eighty-four, 
in Romeo, Mich., whither he removed in 1856. 
His wife died in Romeo, January 6, 1865, aged 
sixty-six. 

CHILDREN : 

i Hannah 7 , b. Aug. 12, 1823; m. Joseph Ayres. 

2 Lucy 7 , b. Jan. 7, 1825; m. Manuel Sibbet. 

3 Joseph Ford 7 , b. July 15, 1827. 

4 Katharine 7 , b. May 30, 1829; d. 1884, unmarried. 

5 Elias Fairchild 7 , b. June 25, 1831. o 

/ ^ Matilda Fairchild 7 , b. Dec. 30, 1831 ; m. Wm. 

L. Barclay. 
/ j Amos Munson 7 , b. Jan. 15, 1835 ; m. Joanna 

Bates ; d. March 24, 1884. 



* The father of Eva Hardt, who married Daniel Pietersen, was a well-to- 
do German of the Rhenish Palatinate. He fled from the civil and religious 
disturbances of his native state to America about 1735, accompanied by his 
wife, his daughter Eva, and four other children. He had paid passage for all 
in full ; but, when he died at sea, the captain of the vessel not only seized the 
entire effects of the widow (including some valuable old silver), but, on reach- 
ing port, sold her and her children as redemptioners. Such abuses were only 
too common in those days. A reminiscence of Eva Hardt's old home on the 
Rhine is perhaps not unworthy of notice, as showing how slight a tradition 
may survive the lapse of nearly two centuries. Her father owned a vineyard, 
and in the time of the vintage she and other children, standing at upper win- 
dows of opposite houses, would fill their mouths with the sweet must, and try 
which could spurt it farthest into the street below. It may be imagined that, 
in thrifty German households, this did not occur very often. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 30 

JOSEPH 7 FORD (Michael 6 , Jacob 6 , Jonathan 4 , 
Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William » ) 

Resides in New York City. A. B., Rutgers 
College, 1852, A. M., 1855; Union Theological 
Seminary, 1857, and ordained minister of the 
Presbyterian Church the same year; D. D., Marys- 
ville College, 1883 ; chaplain 102d Regiment New 
York Volunteer Infantry, 1862; general agent 
United States Christian Commission, Department 
of the Gfulf, 1863. Fellow of the American Geo- 
graphical Society. Married, I. , Eliza Storrs, April 
12, 1859, daughter of Horace Holden, Esq., of 
New York City, and Mary Cotton. She was born 
December 23, 1829 ; died August 6, 1860. Mar- 
ried, II., Katharine Judson Holden, daughter of 
Horace Holden, Esq., and Katharine Plant Judson, 
April 10, 1866. She was born April 26, 1838 ; 
died December 30, 1898. 

CHILDREN : 

i Horace 8 Holden, b. July 6, 1867 ; d. Nov. 13, 
1874. 

2 Joseph 8 Holden, b. Oct. 23, 1869. (A. B., Prince- 

ton, 1890, A. M., 1893; LL. B., New York 

Law School, 1893.) fciftt'^. 

3 Daniel 8 Judson, b. May 17, 1872; d. Nov. 30, 

1874. 



a. lyx 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 31 

4 Edward 8 Forrester Holden, b. Feb. 15, 1874. 

(A. B., Princeton, 1895; M. D., Columbia, 
1899.) 

5 Frederick 8 Judson Holden, b. June 3, 1876. 

(A. B., Princeton, 1898.) 



ELIAS 7 FAIRCHILD (Michael', Jacob 5 , Jona- 
than 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William " ) 

Resides at Lake Linden, Mich. Married, Sep- 
tember 5, 1865, Mary, b. Jnne 7, 1843, daughter 
of William Harris and Elizabeth Tregoning, of 
Lake Linden. 

CHILDREN : 

i Elizabeth 8 , b. June 24, 1868. 

2 Walter 8 Harris, b. June 18, 1885. 



JONATHAN 6 (Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , Dan- 
iel 2 , William a ) 

Removed to Oakland Connty, Mich. , and there 
died, December 5, 1874. Married Delilah Pred- 
more, born in Sussex County, N. J., February 21, 
1815, and died at Romeo, Mich., April 3, 1893. 

CHILDREN : 

i Joshua 7 P., b. June 27, 1837. 
2 Jemima 7 R., b. Dec. 13, 1840; m., 1856, Joel W. 
Linderman. 



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THE SUTTON FAMILY. 32 

3 Amzy 7 R., b. April 23, 1842. 

4 Joseph 7 D., b. April 26, 1845. 

5 Hannah 7 M., b. March 20, 1846; d. Sept. 18, 1864. 

6 Adelia 7 C, b. Jan. 22, 1849; d. Sept. 3, 1865. 

7 Edward 7 M., b. May 30, 1850; d. Jan. 1, 1893. 

8 Drusilla 7 D., b. Aug. 8, 185 1; m., 1867, Daniel 

W. Bennett. 

9 Elmer 7 B., b. March 20, 1853. 



JOSHUA 7 PREDMORE (Jonathan 6 , Jacob 5 , Jona- 
than 4 , Zebnlon 3 , Daniel 2 , William J ) 

Married, April 25, 1863, Mary E. Shadbolt, of 
Orion, Mich.; she was born April 10, 1840. He 
resides at Kansas City, Mo. 

CHILDREN : 

i Linton 8 Beach, b. Sept. 17, 1865. 

2 Archie 8 L., b. Feb. 15, 1868; d. Jan. 6, 1871. 

3 Bessie 8 , b. Nov. 13, 1869; m., Oct. 12, 1893, 

Luther C. Slavens, Jr., of Kansas City. 



JOSEPH 7 DUNLAP (Jonathan 6 , Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , 
Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William a ) 

Resides in Kansas City. Married, April 3, 
1883, Eliza Grist Ferguson, born at St. Louis, June 
15, 1861. 

CHILDREN : 

i Edwin 8 Arnold, b. Jan. 18, 1884. 
2 Josephine 8 , b. June 15, 1890. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 33 

AMZY 7 R. (Jonathan 6 , Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , 
Daniel 2 , William J ) 

Married, in 1864, Sarah A. Coates, of Oakville, 
Ontario. 

CHILDREN : 

i Gertrude 8 E., b. March 20, 1865. 
2 Marvil 8 C, b. June 23, 1867. 

ELMER 7 BEACH (Jonathan 6 , Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , 
Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William » ) 

A prominent lawyer of Sanlt Ste. Marie, Mich. 
Married Anna A. Scranton, of Sault Ste. Marie, 
born December 24, 1863. 

LEWIS 6 (Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon, 3 Daniel*, 
William 1 ) 

Married, November 8, 1823, Elizabeth Losey, 
born March 12, 1804. He removed to Clarkston, 
Mich., and there died, July 27, 1852. His wife 
died August 5, 1898. 

CHILDREN : 

i Harriet 7 F., b. Oct. 6, 1824; m. Samuel Groover, 
March 22, 1842. 

2 Cornelius 7 L., b. Dec. 26, 1827; m. Elizabeth 

Brower, June 11, 1850. 

3 Abigail 7 M., b. July 22, 1829 ; m. Ebenezer T. 

Beardslee, May 15, 185 1. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 34 

4 Susan T T., b. May 2, 1836; m. Charles Beardslee, 

June 11, 1856. 

5 Marion 7 L., b. Dec. 24, 1838; m. Ada Palmer. 

6 Delphina 7 M., b. Feb. 11, 1845; m. Isaac H. 

Lawrence, Jan. 1, 1866. 



JACOB 6 (Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 3 , 

William " ) 

Married, December 4, 1825, Teresa Cox, who 
was born January 3, 1810, and died May 22, 1891. 
He died March 26, 1891. He resided in Sussex 
County, N". J. 

CHILDREN : 

i Reuben 7 R., b. Oct. 7, 1826; d. July 2, 1894; 
m. Elizabeth Fox. 

2 Martin 7 C, b. July 7, 1829; m. Mary Bray. 

3 Esther 7 C, b. Dec. 23, 1832 ; d. Aug. 20, i860 ; 

m. Henry Fox. 

4 Lemuel 7 F., b. April 30, 1833; d. Feb. 19, 1897; 

m. Eleanor Westfall. 

5 Emily 7 , b. Aug. 26, 1835; d. June 12, 1870. 

6 John 7 H., b. Oct. 23, 1838; m., Jan. 2, 1872, Mary 

Benjamin. 

7 George 7 M., b. Oct. 24, 1840; m. Harriet Mack- 

erley. 

8 Dayton 7 C, b. Jan. 10, 1843; m. Abigail Farber. 

9 Teresa 7 M., b. March 24, 1845; m. Rev. A. J. 

Adams. 
10 Georgiana 7 L., b. Aug. 12, 1857; m. John C. 
Tibbits. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 35 

JOHN 6 RORICK (Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , 
Daniel 2 , William " ) 

Married, in 1836, Jemima Stoll. He removed 
to Racine, Wis., and died there, November 24, 

1848. 

CHILDREN : 

i Lewis 7 H., b. Aug. 28, 1837. 

2 Delphina 7 , b. Dec. 28, 1839. 

3 George 7 B., b. Feb. 24, 1842. 

4 John 7 R., b. Feb. 5, 1844. 

5 Theodore 7 D., b. March 24, 1846. 

6 Estella 7 , b. Aug. 19, 1847. 

WILLIAM 6 INGLIS (Jacob 5 , Jonathan 4 , Zebulon 3 , 
Daniel 2 , William ■ ) 

Married, February 4, 1840, Mary Stoll. He 
removed to Clarkston, Mich., and died there, 
March 11, 1897. His wife died November 22, 
1864. 

CHILDREN : 

i Jacob 7 R. 

2 Abram 7 . 

3 William 7 H. 

4 Anna 7 M. 

5 George 7 Edward. 

6 Franklin 7 Pierce. 

7 Amos 7 H. 

8 Sarah 7 E. 

9 Joseph 7 F. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 36 

URIAH 4 (Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William x ) 

Lived at Kimballs Mountain, in Somerset 
County, N. J., and attended the Presbyterian 
Church at Basking Ridge. * He was a captain of 
]N"ew Jersey State Troops (see Stryker' s ' ' Officers 
and Men of New Jersey," page 413), and there is 
record of his presence at the battles of Mon- 
mouth, Watsessing, and Connecticut Farms. His 
granddaughter, Mrs. Ruth Howell, states that, 
when the Continental Army lay at Morristown, 
Washington often dined at his house. A large 
dog used to follow the general about, and on its 
back Uriah's little son Stephen (Mrs. Howell's 
father) was often allowed to ride. Uriah Sutton 
married, about 1772, Elizabeth Bockover, born 
November 26, 1751, and died November 13, 1815. 
Uriah attained the great age of ninety- eight years, 
dying in 1839, at the home of his son Stephen in 
Bound Brook, N. J. He was blind for nearly 
thirty years before his death. 

CHILDREN (ORDER OF BIRTH UNKNOWN): 

i Stephen 5 , b. Feb. 2, 1775. 



* Prior to 1800 the following Suttons are recorded as pew-holders in the 
trustee-book of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church (records antedating 
1770, it should be said, were destroyed by tire): Zachariah, pew 20 ; year, 1770. 
Jeremiah, pew 70 ; year, 1770. Peter, pew 71 ; year, 1770. Uriah, pew 72 ; 
year, 1770. Jonathan, pew 55 ; year, 1770. Zebulon, pew 72 ; year 1783. John, 
pew 40 ; year, 1795. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 37 

2 Peter 5 , b. (named for his paternal 

uncle); d. unmarried. 

3 Polly 5 , b. ; m. Johnson. 

4 Phoebe 5 , b. [probably named for her 

(paternal) uncle Peter's wife] ; m. Norris. 

5 Ann 5 , b. Aug. 9, 1778 ; m. Barnabas Doty. 

6 Katharine 5 . 

7 Gertrude 5 , b. ; m. Brush. 

STEPHEN 5 (Uriah 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William 1 ) 

Lived first at Liberty Corner, Bernard Town- 
ship, Somerset County, N. J., afterwards at 
Bound Brook, and died March 9, 1846. Married, 
I., about 1798, Sarah Bedell, born March 31, 1781 ; 
d. January 21, 1807. Married, II. , about 1808, 
Abigail Martin, born May 31, 1786 (born Comp- 
ton). 

CHILDREN I 

i Katharine 6 , b. July 30, 1800; d. Oct. 15, 1822; 
m. Abner P. Howell. 

2 Letitia 6 , b. Aug. 31, 1801. 

3 Ruth 6 , b. Oct. 29, 1802; m., I., Elbert Baldwin 

of Newark; m., II., Abner P. Howell, of 
Newark. (She was living in 1895.) 

4 Eliza 6 , b. Feb. 4, 1804. 

5 Uriah 6 , b. Jan. 12, 1806. 

By the second wife, the following, all of whom 
removed to the vicinity of Springfield, 111. : 

6 Sarah 6 , b. Jan. 10, 1809. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 38 

7 Abner 6 M., b. March 19, 1810; d. at Spring- 

field, 111. 

8 Abigail 6 , b. Feb. 15, 1812. 

9 Stephen 6 , b. Jan. 17, 1815; d. at Jacksonville, 111. 

10 Gawin 6 A., b. April 8, 1816. (Note that this 

name occurs in the family of Peter 4 
Sutton, brother of Uriah 4 .) 

11 Phcebe 6 , b. May 20, 1818. 

12 Caroline 6 , b. Nov. 17, 1819; d. in infancy. 

13 Joseph 6 , b. Feb. 22, 1823. 

14 Caroline 6 , b. July 13, 1826. 

15 Mary 6 Louisa, b. Nov. 13, 1828; m. Dr. Sturges, 

of Macon, 111., where she lives. 



PETER 4 * (Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William ' ) 

Lived at Basking Ridge, and attended the 



* The following are the reasons for adding Peter* Sutton's name to the 
family record of Zebulon^ Sutton (Daniel 2 , William i). {Vide sufira:) 

I. Statement by Uriah* Sutton's grandson, Daniel Doty, who was 
living, at the age of nearly ninety years, at Liberty Corner, N. J., in 1897, and 
who knew his grandfather well for thirty years before his death : that Uriah* 
had a favorite brother Peter, of whom he often spoke, and for whom he 
(Uriah) named his second son, 

II. Statement by aged descendants of Peter Sutton in Indiana County, 
Pa.: that he had a great fondness for the name Uriah, and that he treated the 
grandchild to whom he gave this name with particular affection. 

III. Statement of an aged descendant of Peter Sutton in Indiana 
County, Pa.: that Mary, Peter's daughter, named a son Jonathan for her 
father's brother. 

IV. The facts that similar accounts of Peter Sutton's escape from the 
Indians were current among both Peter's descendants in Indiana County 
Pa., and Uriah's in New Jersey, though the two families had been separated 
for a hundred years, and had no knowledge of their kinship. 

V. From the occurrence of the unusual name Gawin among both Uriah's 
and Peter's descendants. 



(Uas^z,c^ r^cn^Ul/-, Z-ptr./jrfi-M ^^w'-. &L 

7 /?.</. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 39 

Presbyterian Church there. He was a soldier of 
the Revolution (see Stry ker' s k ' Officers and Men 
of New Jersey," page 776). He married, about 
1768, Phoebe Kinnan. In 1796 he removed from 
Basking Ridge, and in June of that year bought 
a farm in that part of Westmoreland County, Pa. , 
which is now Indiana County. Subsequently he 
sold the farm and established an inn on the road 
from Kitanning, east (which was afterwards the 
Philadelphia turnpike), and on the spot where 
the town of Indiana now stands. Among his 
descendants are numbered some of the most 
influential residents of the county, in times past 
and present. His will was probated April 29-30, 
1829 ; so he doubtless died that year, aged about 
eighty-six. A tradition, current among Suttons 
both in Indiana County and in New Jersey, states 
that Peter Sutton was, in his younger days, cap- 
tured by a band of Indians, to whom he had made 
himself obnoxious. At nightfall a huge fire was 
lighted, and a council assembled about it, to 
determine what should be done with him. Sup- 
posing that he did not understand their language, 
they discussed freely the tortures to be inflicted. 
Some suggested flaying alive, others burning at 
the stake, and so on. They had not taken the 
precaution to bind their captive, and he, at an 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 40 

opportune moment, seized a young Indian who 
chanced to be near, pitched him into the fire, and 
ran for his life. The diversion thus created gave 
him a little start, and reaching a stream which was 
crossed by means of a big log, he plunged in and 
hid himself under it. When his pursuers had 
passed over it, he made good his escape. 

CHILDREN : 

i Gawin 5 , b. — . (Note that this name oc- 
curs among the children of Stephen, son 
of Uriah 4 , Peter's 4 brother.) 

2 Malachia 6 . 

3 Mary 5 , b. ; m. Sylvanus Ayres. 

4 Thomas 5 , b. March 5, 1784. 

5 Phoebe 5 . 

6 Peter 5 , b. . (Had a son Uriah, who died 

in infancy.) 



THOMAS 5 (Peter 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William J ) 

Lived at Indiana, Pa. Married, April 1,1 
1809, Rebecca Loughrey, born December 8, 1787. 
He died in 1833, aged forty-nine. 

CHILDREN : 

i Rebecca 6 , b. Jan. 8, 1810. 

2 Phcebe 6 , b. April 7, 181 1. 

3 James 6 , b. April 23, 1812. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. \\ 

4 John 6 , b. May 20, 1814; m., in 1847, Mary A. 

Walker; d. June 9, 1877. 

5 Thomas 6 , b. Dec. 31, 1815. 

6 Mary 6 , b. Oct. 29, 1817. 

7 William 6 , b. Aug. 2, 18 19. 

8 Peter 6 , b. July 24, 1822. 

9 Margaret 6 , b. Aug. 21, 1825. 

10 Robert 6 , b. April 10, 1828. (A Presbyterian 

clergyman of Cincinnati.) 

11 David 6 , b. , 1830; d. in infancy. 

JAMES 6 (Thomas 5 , Peter 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , 

William ' ) 

Married, September 3, 1840, Sarah Stansbury,* 
born May 27, 1816 ; died March, 1899. He died 
September 10, 1870. He resided at Indiana, Pa. 

CHILDREN : 

i Rhodes 7 Stansbury, b. July 8, 1841. 

2 Elizabeth 7 , b. Sept. 19, 1843. 

3 Thomas 7 , b. Oct. 14, 1845; m. Mary L. Ander- 

son. (Lives in Russell, Kan.) 

4 Clara 7 R., b. April 6, 1847. 

5 William 7 B., b. Feb. 12, 1849; m. Agnes Black, 

1869. (Lives in Russell, Kan.) 

6 James 7 , b. Sept. 9, 1851; d. July 1, 1852. 

7 John 7 A., b. June 6, 1853. 



* Her grandfather was the first surveyor-general of the State of 
Delaware, and for some time was partner in business with Robert Morris, 
of Revolutionary fame. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 42 

8 Rebecca 7 , b. July 20, 1855; d. March 8, 1856. 

9 Arthur 7 D., b. Dec. 4, 1857; m. Katharine 

Johnston. (Lives in Beaver Co., Pa.) 
10 Helen 7 S., b. July 14, i860; m. Wm. J. Moore, 
M. D., of Westfield, N. Y. 



RHODES 7 STANSBURY (James 6 , Thomas 5 , 
Peter 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William x ) 

A leading surgeon of Pittsburgh, Pa. A. B., 
Washington and Jefferson College, 1862; A. M., 
1865 ; attached to Medical Department of Union 
Army, 1863-4 ; M. D., University of Pennsylvania, 
1865; LL. D., Wooster University, 1886; gynae- 
cologist to the Allegheny General Hospital at 
Pittsburgh, and surgeon of the Terrace Bank 
Sanatorium of Allegheny. He married, April 17, 
1867, Josephine, daughter of the Hon. James 
McCullough, of Canonsburgh, Pa. 

CHILDREN : 

i Stansbury 8 , b. Nov. 15, 1869. 
2 Eliza 8 McCullough, b. June 23, 187 1; m. A. 
Hartupee McKee, of Pittsburgh. 



JOHN 7 A. (James 6 , Thomas 5 , Peter 4 , Zebulon 3 , 
Daniel 2 , William ■ ) 

Married, September 9, 1875, Anne Gfilchrist 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 43 

Woods, who was born in Allegheny County, Pa. , 
June 27, 1853. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

CHILDREN : 

i Edna 8 Woods, b. April n, 1877. 

2 Robert 8 Woods, b. May 7, 1879. 

3 William 8 Stansbury, b. Oct. 25, 1880. 

4 John 8 Blair, b. Sept. 21, 1882. 

5 Donald 8 , b. Aug. 17, 1884. 

6 Clinton 8 Irving, b. Aug. 21, 1889. 



JOSEPH 4 (Zebulon 3 , Daniel 2 , William 1 ) 

Noted by Stryker (" Officers and Men of New 
Jersey," page 471) as sergeant of militia. There 
is record of his serving during Washington's 
retreat through New Jersey in 1776, at the battle 
of Monmouth, at Springfield, at Connecticut 
Farms, and when the Pennsylvania line revolted 
in 1781. He lived in Mendham Township, Morris 
County, N. J., near Basking Ridge in Somerset. 
His farm is still in possession of his descendants. 
He married, April 14, 1778, Martha Pierson. He 
died November 8, 1822. 

CHILDREN : 

i Uriah 5 , b. March 27, 1779. 

2 Shadrach 5 , b. March 25, 1781. 

3 Rebecca 5 , b. June 2, 1783. 



THE SUTTON FAMILY. 44 



4 Jonathan 5 , b. Feb 18, 1787. 

5 Elizabeth 5 , b. June 19, 1789. 

6 Martha 5 S., b. Sept. 27, 1792. 

7 James 5 , b. July 4, 1796. 

8 Joseph 5 P., b. Nov. 9, 1798. 



JOSEPH 5 PIERSON (Joseph 4 , Zebulon 3 , Daniel \ 
William a ) 

Lived at the old homestead in Mendham Town- 
ship. Married, November 13, 1821, Persis Horton. 

CHILDREN : 

i Nancy 6 C, b. Aug. 21, 1824; m. Stephen D. 
Axtelle, and lives in Minneapolis, Minn. 

2 Sarah 6 Stewart, b. Oct. 14, 1827. 

3 Caroline 6 Wells, b. March 4, 1832; m. Babbitt. 

4 Daniel 6 Stewart, b. Jan. 19, 1835. 

5 Henry 6 Horton, b. Feb. 15, 1838. (Lives at 

the old homestead.) 

6 John 6 Stewart, b. Sept. 12, 1841. 

7 Charles 6 Albert, b. June 17, 1843. 



AUTHORITIES. 



i. Piscataway Records of Birth, Marriage, and 
Death, Transcribed by W. A. Whitehead, the 
historian, and now in the archives of the 
N. J. Historical Society at Newark. 

2. Piscataway Town Book, at Piscataway. 

3. Proprietary Records, Perth Amboy. 

4. Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of New Eng- 

land. 

5. Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery. 

6. Vital Records of Rehoboth. James N. Arnold. 

7. MS. Copy of Woodbridge Records. New York 

Genealogical Society. 

8. Woodbridge and Vicinity. Rev. Joseph Dally. 

9. Records of the Estate of James Alexander of 

New Jersey, in the archives of the N. J. 
Historical Society. 

10. Trustee Book of Basking Ridge Presbyterian 

Church. 

11. Winsor's History of Duxbury, Mass. 

12. Dean's History of Scituate, Mass. 

13. Contributions to East Jersey History. W. A. 

Whitehead. 



AUTHORITIES. 46 

14. History of Middlesex County, N. J. Woodford 

Clayton. 

15. Records of First Baptist Church at Morristown, 

N.J. 

16. MSS., Family Records, and Pedigrees in private 

hands. 

17. Records in Pension Office at Washington. 

18. Doty Genealogy. 

19. Records in State Library at Trenton, N. J. 

20. Passaic Valley Genealogies. John Littell. 

21. Early Germans of New Jersey. Rev. T. F. 

Chambers. 

22. Gravestones at Piscataway. 



*7. 



ADDENDA. 

The following family belongs probably among 
the descendants of John 2 Sutton, as the similarity 
of locality and of names suggests. See family H *- £||»$ 
of John 3 Sutton (John 2 , William 1 ), and note, J I 
Probably 4th generation. 

REV. ABNER 4 SUTTON 

Born May 8, 1741, near Basking Ridge, in 
Bernard Township, Somerset County, IN". J. He 
married, May 31, 1768, Mary Davison, born 
May 12, 1742. He died February 26, 1795. He 
was a Baptist minister. 

CHILDREN : 

i Sarah 5 , b. April n, 1769; d. Nov. 30, 1812. 

2 A son 5 , b. Dec. 25, 1770; d. Jan. 27, 1771. 

3 David 5 , b. about 177 1; d. May 14, 1852. 

4 George 5 , b. Jan. 8, 1773 ; d. . 

5 Jeremiah 5 , b. Aug. 8, 1774 ; d. May 8, 1848. 

6 John 5 , b. Feb. 25, 1776; d. May 15, 1779. 

7 Rozanna 5 , b. Nov. 15, 1780; d. April 28, 181 1. 

8 John 5 , b. Sept. 3, 1783 ; d. Oct. 31, 1806. 

GEORGE 5 ( Abner 4 , 3 , John 2 , William » ) 

Married, November 23, 1805, Rebecca Conklin. 

CHILDREN : 

i David 6 Conklin, b. Aug. 27, 1806. 

2 Ann Maria 6 , b. April 17, 1808. 

3 Eliza 6 , b. Feb. 1, 1810. 

4 John 6 Conklin, b. Jan. 12, 1811. 



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Agggnu 

By the Author 
Edward F. H* Sutton 



No birth record of WILLIAM SUTTON 
of East ham has ever been found * but recent 
researches (193^-35)" a ^d rather those of 
Mr* William A, Wfaitcomb, of Boston, than 
the writer's own — have developed presump- 
tive evidence that he was a son of GEORGE 
SUTTOH of Soituato* On the other hand 
there is nothing at all to indicate that 
WILLIAM oould have been a son of JOHN SUTTON 
of Hlngham, regarding whom the faets are as 
follows: 

!• JOHN SUTTON of Attleborough in 
Norfolk came in the ship Diligent in l638 
with a wife and four children, and settled 
at Hingham, Massachusetts Colony* His 
wife's name was JULIEN, or JULIENNE; since 
he is called "Senior", one of the children 
was certainly a son JOHN, and it is a fair 
inference that the following were his daughters* 

HANNAH, died in Hingham, October, 1642. 
ESTHER, married in Rehoboth l6d6« 
ANNE, married in Rehoboth l6^1* 
MARGARET, married in Rehoboth l655* and 

presumably born in New England, since there 
were but four ohildren in the Immigrant 
party* 



JOHN SUTTON, SENIOR, removed l643~l644 
to the distant Inland town of Rehoboth, where 
he spent the rest of his life and died June 1, 
l670 v His wife JUilANNa was buried at Rehoboth 
June 4, l67d« 

JOHN (2) SUTTON, the only discoverable 
son of JOHN (l) apparently first resided at 
Hlnghem. He removed to Seituate in Plymouth 
Colony and while resident there on Deoember 2, 
1653 sold the lands "which the town of Bingham 
gave to JOHN SUTTON, my father. " He is re- 
peatedly mentioned in the Seituate records > 
married there Elizabeth House, had a numerous 
family and died there I69I; his will of date 
November 12 stating him to be "aged 70 ° r 
thereabouts." This dates his birth 1620-21, 
necessarily in England, and fixes his identity 
as the son of JOHN (l) (Mayflower Descendant. 
Vol. 31, 1933)* Yet this is the man whom 
Deane 9 s History of Soituate and Savage's 
Genealogical Dictionary (oopying Deane) call 
son of GEORGE SUTTON 4 This is not the only 
error that Deane makes about the Sutton line 
as is shown by comparison with the Mayflower 
Descendant. Vols. 10 and 13* 

JOHN (2) SUTTON of the Hingham line, 
is anoestor of all the SUTTONS of Soituate. 
The name survived in the town until the seoond 
quarter of the 19th century. GEORGE SUTTON 
of Soituate, on the other hand, left no de- 
scendants there, as will presently be shown. 



II. GBOSGB SUTTON sailed l63* on 
the ship Heroules of Sandwich, Kent, as a 
•errant in the party of Nathaniel Tilden, 
of Tenterdon, in the same county. The 
poorer Puritans often worked their passage 
in this way with wealthier relet ires or 
friends; at all events, within two years of 
the party's establishment at Soltuate 
GEORGE married Nathaniel's daughter, Sarah 
Tilden. Nathaniel Tilden, it may be mention' 
ed, though a merehant, was of aristoeratio 
connections, and descended of a very ancient 
Kentish family. His departure for New 
England was thought worthy of note in 
a History of Sandwioh published in 1792. 
k pedigree compiled in Elizabethan times 
by the famous antiquary, Camden, is still 
in possession of English representatives 
of the name, traoing their descent from 
Sir William Tylden de Sittenbourne and 
Gongleton, Cheshire, "who fought in ye Van 
of ye English Armle commanded by Lord Audley 
under ye Black Prince at ye Battle of 
Polotiers Anno 1356." In New England 
Nathaniel Tilden, styled "Gentleman", 
was at once aocorded the position due to 
his social status, education and comparative 
wealth. He was an elder of the church 
and held Important off iocs of trust. 

On this same voyage of the Heroules 
in 1634 oame SIMON SUTTON as a servant in 
the party of William (l) Hatch. He is 
evidently nearly akin to GEORGE SUTTON, but 
his name disappears from the reoords, and 



beyond the fact that ho served as a witness 
to the will of Nathaniel Tilden in l6dl, 
nothing is known of him* William (l) Hatch 
had a son William (2) Hatch, also a passenger 
on the Hercules, and the intimate nature of 
the friendship between the latter and GEORGE 
SUTTON is of particular interest* William 
died in Virginia in l657» Before he under- 
took that long and dangerous journey he made 
his will, and entrusted the keeping of it -- 
not to his own brother-in-law, Lieutenant 
James Torry, the Town Clerk, but to GEORGE 
SUTTON (Mayflower Descendant*) 

Nathaniel Tilden died in 1641, and 
the following year his widow Lydia married 
Timothy Hatherley, who thus became step- 
father-in-law of GEORGE SUTTON* Hatherley 
and his lifelong friend, James Cudworth, men 
of the very first prominence in Plymouth 
Colony, were liberals in principle* When 
Plymouth, following the lead of Massachusetts, 
enacted penal laws against the Ctuakers, these 
two alone, of all the magistrates, entered 
a strong protest* They paid for their 
temerity by the loss of political post tion 
and influence. Cudworth was, indeed, fined 
for holding intercourse with Quakers (merely 
with the intention of discovering their 
tenets) and eventually disfranchised, but he 
lived to see the turn of the tide and to be re- 
seated as a magistrate* Hatherley died while 
still under the ban* 



Their courage bore fruit* Their 
persona 1 influence was such that the Ply- 
mouth penal laws, though similar to those 
of Massachusetts were not enforoed with 
the Massachusetts rigor* Ho Quaker suffer- 
ed death in Plymouth, and Quaker congre- 
gations, barely tolerated at first, sprang 
up and eventually flourished, particularly 
on Cape Cod* 

As might hare been expected, one 
such developed at Soituate, the home town 
of Hat her ley and Cudworth, which eventually 
attracted members of some of the best of the 
local families, including Cudworth v s own* 
But it grew slowly and was not numerous 
enough to need a meeting house until 1676* 
Ten years before that date, or about the 
year l668, GEORGE SUTTON, who had been so 
Intimately associated with the disinterested 
champions of Quakerism, emigrated with most of 
his family to North Carolina* 

Anglican Virginia had not been so hard 
on the Quakers as Puritan New England* George 
Pox found them numerous there when he visited 
the Old Dominion in i672. The northern parts 
of North Carolina, when opened for settlement 
a few years earlier, reoeived Quakers along 
with other Virginia immigrants; indeed Banoroft 
exaggerates so far as to say that North Carolina 
was settled by Quakers t While that is not the 
oase, it is oerts.in that the oomplete religious 
freedom of a new and unorganised provinoe was 



at tract ire to many settlers, and oertain 
it is that after Fox's missionary visit of 
1672, the seot grew and flourished amazingly 
in North Carolina, so that before the end 
of the century a Quaker had been elected 
Governor* In no other Colonial Provinoe 
excepting Pennsylvania and West Jersey, 
were the Quakers so numerous and powerful* 

It is fair to conclude that Quaker 
faith had as much to do with GEORGE SUTTON'S 
removal to North Carolina as with WILLIAM 
SUTTON'S to Pisoataway. That GEORGE and 
his family were Quakers in their new home, 
there is small doubt* One of the earliest 
Quaker meeting houses in the Provinoe was 
built towards the end of the 17th oentury on 
"Sutton's Creek" so called because it marched 
with the lands of GEORGE or his sons* JOSEPH, 
one of the latter, married Deliveranoe 
Nicholson, whose family had suffered per* 
secution for Quakerism in New England* GEORGE 
settled in that part of the Province that, 
after bearing various other names, Is now 
Perquimans County and left a numerous posterity* 
He died there April 12, 1669 aged about 56* 
His wife Sarah Tilden died there March 20, l677 
aged 6e* She was born at Tenterden in Kent, 
l6l3# and baptised there in St* Mildred's 
Churoh, January 13» The two compilers of 
this reoord arrange their family as follows, 
adding on presumptive evidenoe, the sons 
DANIEL and WILLIAM* 



Children of GEORGE SUTTON and SARAH 
TILDEN, all born in Soituate, Plymouth Colony* 



1* JOSEPH 



2* DANIEL 



WILLIAM 



b* about 1637 

m* l68- , Delireranoe Nicholson* 

d. 1695 Perquim&ns Co* 

b. about 1639 

m* 1667 *t Chariest own * Mass* 

Mary Cole. (Probably daughter 
of Isaao Cole of Charlestown* 
a passenger on the Heroules 
with GEORGE SUTTON and the 
Tildens*) Ho had in Charles- 
town a son* DANIEL* 

d* 172.1 » Burlington* N. J* 

b* about 1641* 

m* 1666 Damaris Bishop* 

d* about 1713» Piseataway* N* J* 



4. NATHANIEL b* about l643* 

m* l66s in Virginia* Deborah Astine* 
d* l6s2, Perquimans Co* 



5* 
6. 



LYDIA 
SARAH 

SARAH 



8* ELIZABETH 



Baptised September 13* 1646* 

* December 3* l648* Died 
in infancy* 

" September 15* 1650. 

m. Perquimans Co* 1668 
John Barrow. 

» August 28 # l653# »• Per- 
quimans Co* l67d Ralph 
Fletoher* d. 1700. 



GEORGE SUTTON of Soituate, married 1636, (March 13) 
has no ehild reoordod in the New England archives 
until l646 # and then a succession of daughters* 
The compilers of this record undertook to fill 
this ten year gap* and sueoeeded ia finding in 
the North Carolina archives, the sons NATHANIEL 
and JOSEPH. 

Now as to WILLIAM and DANIEL. 

WILLIAM first appears in 1666 on Cape Cod 
at Barnstable, a town which was founded l639""l640 
by a mass emigration from Soituate led by the Rev. 
John Lothrop. The early relations between the 
two towns were, therefore, particularly close. 
The earliest ohuroh records of Soituate are still 
preserved at Barnstable, whither they were carried 
when the latter was founded. 

for the love of laughter, it should be 
noted that WILLIAM makes his first appearance in 
history because of his borrowing — quite un~ 
authorisedly ~ the Bible from the Barnstable 
meeting house. When oaught, he was not frank 
about the matter, and so, June 5# l666, he was 
hailed to oourt, and fined for purloining the 
Bible "one pound, and for telling a lye about 
the same, ten shillings." His departure from 
the town was probably expedited by these oc- 
currence! , and a few weeks later at the neighbor- 
ing settlement of Eastham, he took refuge in 
matrimony with Damaris Bishop. 

WILLIAM SUTTON was a GLuaker. If he was 



ft son of GEORGE of Soituate, as we bell ore, 
one might suppose he was named for William 
Hatoh, his father's most intimate friend, 
▲gain one might suppose that the names of 
his mother's family, the Tildens, would re- 
appear in that of WILLIAM* This is so far 
the ease that three of WILLIAM'S children, 
THOMAS, MARY and JOSEPH, beftr the names of 
their Tilden uneles and aunt. Lastly, 
WILLIAM had a son DANIEL, Now the DANIEL 
whom we believe to hare been son of GEORGE 
of Soituate, and who first appears at 
Charleston, with wife MART and son DANIEL 
(Charles town being a part of Boston, and 
Soituate being located almost on Boston 
Harbor) was a Quaker, and left descendants 
at Burlington, in the Quaker colony of West 
Jersey, some forty miles by the New Tork - 
Philadelphia post road from Pi scat away in 
East Jersey, where WILLIAM resided* In 
1706 it is reeorded that WILLIAM thought 
of removing thenoe to Burlington* DANIEL 
is mentioned frequently in the Burlington ar- 
chives and once in connection with a RICHARD 
SUTTON, otherwise unrecorded, who may have 
been the RICHARD who was WILLIAM'S son. 

Thus, times, plaoes, religions, and 
family names oonour so well, that WILLIAM 
and DANIEL have been tentatively interpolated 
among the children of GEORGE and SARAH 
SUTTON* 



AUTHORITIES : 

Mayflower Descendant* 

Plymouth Colony Records* 

Tital Reoords of Rehoboth* 

Deane's History of Soituate* 

Wins low's History of Perquimans County, 

North Carolina* 
Arohlres of New Jersey, Abstracts of Wills, etc* 
Tilden Genealogy* 



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